Friends of Myatt Garden
The Friends of Myatt Garden’s aim is to create a warm and welcoming school community for Myatt Garden families and to support school in offering an interesting and varied learning experience for our children.
What do we do
We hold family events throughout the year – some purely for fun, some to raise money.
We also organise activities, just for the children, in school time such as the Book Swap.
A typical year of events looks like this:
|Autumn term||Spring term||Summer term|
|Welcome back Café
Spring CaféTable Top Sale
All parents and carers are automatically a member of Friends of Myatt Garden and we hope all families will contribute a little of their time to help us organise and run our events and activities throughout the school year. You can make a difference – whether it’s 30 minutes or 3 hours, every little helps.
We also raise extra money by :
- Selling Christmas trees to Myatt families and the local community – lovely Kent-grown Nordmann firs in a variety of sizes. Look out for the order forms in November.
- Asking parents to host a Bryan Keegan estate agent board advertising our school event. We do this for Table Top Sales and the summer fair. For every board we get displayed we receive £30.
What we spend our money on
Any money raised by Friends of Myatt Garden events is spent on school activities that benefit every child as they progress through Myatt Garden.
We decide what to spend the money on at meetings. Everyone is welcome and everyone who attends helps decide. We hold meetings at least once a term: large spending is decided and reviewed once a year with small spends decided more regularly. School suggests areas where extra financial support is needed and we survey all parents if we wish to set a new large scale fundraising target/idea in place.
On an on-going basis we currently:
Fund ukulele lessons for Year 4 pupils; subsidise schools trips; support the schools gardening and allotment; contribute to art supplies; provide a budget for set/costumes for Year 2 and Year 6 plays.
How we run Friends of Myatt Garden
This is run by parents and everyone gives their time for free – there are no paid positions.
The Friends of Myatt Garden is a registered charity and so by law must have trustees. We have 3 named trustee positions: Chair, Treasurer and Secretary and then six additional Committee members. This group organises all Friends of Myatt Garden activities recruiting as many parents and staff to help as possible.
We hold at least one evening meeting a term, a yearly AGM and extra planning meetings to organise the large events (Christmas fair, Summer fair) throughout the year.
The Friends of Myatt Garden can never have too many parents helping so please let us know whenever you can spare a little time: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do we stay in touch?
Information is included in schools newsletters and look out for posters around school and on school noticeboards.
At Christmas and Summer Fair time we put a rota out in the playground for you to sign up on.
We have a mailing list – email us to join: email@example.com
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MyattGardenPTA
Follow us on Twitter: @MyattGardenPTA